VicForests investing in local communities

Friday 2 Nov 2018

VicForests this week announced 34 community groups and organisations across Central and East Victoria would receive funding under the VicForests Community Support Program 2018. The program supports local community groups and organisations with grants of up to AU$2000 to undertake projects which increase community connectedness or community development.

Under the program, VicForests is providing funding to 18 projects including community garden upgrades, new uniforms for sports clubs and first aid training for local groups. In addition, 16 Community Partnerships would receive funding under renewed three-year agreements. These partnerships provide longer-term support for organisations to plan and manage community events and programs.

VicForests General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Alex Messina, said the Community Support Program had provided more than AU$350,000 in funding to over 200 community groups and organisations across regional Victoria. “The Community Support Program is an important part of VicForests’ connection with local communities, particularly in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Messina said

“Regional Victoria is a big part of who we are as an organisation with many of our staff, contractors and customers living and working in regional communities. “VicForests Community Support Program connects us back into the community and provides an opportunity for us to show our support for the many groups and organisations which do so much for their local area.

Mr Messina said this year, VicForests renewed 16 Community Partnerships providing longer-term funding for organisations up to 2021. “Our Community Partnerships are a great initiative which give organisations the assurance and stability they need to plan ahead and know that VicForests is committed to working with them to deliver their community event or service over the long-term.

For more information on the VicForests Community Support Program including a full list of recipients, visit the VicForests website at

Source: VicForests

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